South Africa legend Dale Steyn has confirmed his retirement from all forms of cricket via his twitter account on Tuesday.
Injury forced Steyn to withdraw from the IPL earlier this year, and in an emotional statement on Twitter, the paceman confirmed that a professional career which began in 2003 has ended.
The 38-year-old who has already retired from Test cricket, played 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is in his career. The right-armer is the highest wicket-taker for the Proteas in both red-ball format and T20Is.
Steyn has taken 439 scalps in Test cricket while 64 in the shortest format.
When it comes to ODIs, Steyn is the fifth-highest wicket-taker for South Africa, with 194 scalps to his name. He last played an ODI game in 2019 against Sri Lanka, while his last T20I match came against Australia in 2020.
Steyn has enjoyed success in the franchise cricket as well, playing for several teams such as Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Brisbane Heat, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, Jamaica Tallawahs, Cape Town Knight Riders, Cape Town Blitz, Glasgow Giants, Melbourne Stars, Islamabad United, Kandy Tuskers and Quetta Gladiators.
The 36-year-old featured in 228 T20 games, in which he bagged 263 wickets at an average of 22 and strike rate of 19.20, with 4/9 being his best figure.
Steyn shared a statement on Twitter where he thanked his family, teammates, journalists and fans for the incredible support and affection.
Steyn said: “It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful.
“Thank you to everyone, from family to team-mates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”